Growing Giant Marconi Sweet Pepper Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
- Other Names: Grilling pepper, sweet pepper, Italian pepper
- Days to Maturity: 72 days
- Hardiness Zone: Annual, not intended for overwintering
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 12-24” in rows; 14-16” in raised beds
- Row Spacing: 2-3’
- Growth Habit: 24-36” tall; 6-8” long peppers
- Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained loamy soil; slightly acidic to neutral pH
- Temp Preference: 70-84 degrees F; Nighttime temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees F to allow proper fruit set
- Light Preference: Full sun, at least 8 hours of direct sunlight
- Pests/diseases: Aphids, European corn borer, Anthracnose fruit rot, Phytophthora blight, whiteflies, cutworms, pepper maggots, Colorado potato beetles, tarnished plant bug, Verticillium wilt, blossom end rot
- Color: Green to red fruit; green foliage
- Flavor: Mild, sweet, smoky
Giant Marconi Pepper Seed Growth Habits:
How tall do Giant Marconi pepper plants get? Maturing approximately 72 days after transplanting, Giant Marconi hybrid pepper plants grow up to 36” tall and produce smoky-tasting sweet peppers that turn red when fully ripened.
Because the plants are intolerant to frost, Giant Marconi pepper seeds should be started indoors 8 to 10 weeks before your last frost date. To ensure a good yield of peppers, you may want to wait until 2 weeks after your last frost date to transplant the seedlings into the garden, as nighttime temperatures below 60 degrees F can interfere with proper fruit set.
The Giant Marconi pepper prefers at least 8 hours of direct sunlight per day as well as evenly moist, well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. The hybrid plant offers resistance to tobacco mosaic virus and potato virus Y.
Various Uses for Giant Marconi Sweet Italian Peppers:
The Giant Marconi hybrid pepper is an improved sweet Italian grilling pepper that pairs perfectly with sausage cooked on the grill. The sweet, smoky flavor also makes it a good choice for use as a pizza topping or addition to a green salad. In addition, the long fruit can be cut into strips that are perfect for eating with vegetable dip. The large size of the Giant Marconi pepper makes them a popular choice for stuffed pepper recipes.
Giant Marconi Sweet Pepper Benefits:
Sweet peppers are a low-calorie food rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Red peppers, in particular, are high in vitamin C and beta carotene.
Pick the peppers often to encourage more fruiting, as the hybrid Giant Marconi sweet pepper plant will continue to produce fruit until the first frost.